What is the best body scrub - Salt or Sugar?

February 09, 2018

What is the best body scrub - Salt or Sugar?

Have you always wondered what the differences are between sugar and salt scrubs (aside from the obvious)?  Want to understand which would be better for you?  Do you (like me) like to feel lots of scrubby-bits working on your skin (the scrubbier, the better) or do you prefer a softer exfoliation?

I think I can help.

Everyone agrees that both sugar and salt scrubs will give you a great exfoliation and glowing, healthy skin – especially with regular use.

It would seem that the main difference between the two is the size and shape of the exfoliating granules. Generally, sugar particles are smaller and have smoother edges than salt particles which makes them less abrasive and gentler on the skin.  This means that people with sensitive skin should really use sugar scrubs.  Also, if you want to scrub your skin after you shave, sugar won’t sting.

Salt is more drying to the skin but has healing and antiseptic properties, which can kill bacteria and reduce inflammation.  As the granules are generally coarser and have sharper edges, they are ideal for use on thick, rough patches of skin like calloused elbows, knees and feet.

Sugar scrub is stickier, so will stick to your skin easier while you apply, but it also dissolves quicker when you add water meaning your scrub experience may not last as long. Salt is not so sticky so you may have more waste if you are not careful when you apply (see the tips for scrubs).

There are of course the discussions around the benefits of magnesium and potassium (in salt) which others have covered in far more detail than I intend to here but, as a general rule;

Salt = stronger scrub, recommended once per week
Sugar = gentler scrub, recommended 2-3 times per week
Use both, at different times, on different areas of the body

Fortunately, you can choose to have a luxurious salt or sugar scrub (or both) made to order at porze.

You can read other perspectives on this topic here  and here

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Thank you Alex for the photo